Tired of the weird weather? Worried about the future of our planet and, more to the point, of our species? Can’t help you there! However, I can recommend some pretty good literature to help us all cope with the new normal.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
A society of excess and poverty. A planet permanently perched on the edge of disaster. A mad scientist willing to give it a little tip. As a genius plots the death of humanity, he simultaneously engineers its successors: people who will be better. But what does better mean when the alternative is the destruction of life on Earth? This first installment in the famous Maddaddam trilogy will freeze your heart and give you hope at the same time.
The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi
Welcome to the inundated world: inundated with water, disease, temperature, starvation, and people. If you want to use electricity, prepare to wind up a spring by hand. If you want to survive…well, good luck. Unless you’re synthetic, of course. Artificial humans are a subclass and subject to discrimination, but they may just be the salvation of intelligent life on Earth.
California by Edan Lepucki
In turbulent times, people often try to wait to bring a new life into the world. In many cases, they try unsuccessfully. When Cal and Frida find out that they’re pregnant, they need to reconcile the hard post-climate change life they struggle through with their need to protect and nurture their child. Worse, they’ll need to find other humans who they can trust.
Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich
Mitchell’s job is to expect the worst. He drafts worst-case scenarios for giant companies so that they can prepare, and business is good. But when Manhattan is destroyed by a hurricane, Mitchell has to come to terms with the fact that he’s profiting off of disaster. Meanwhile, the woman who may be his true love waits on a commune in Maine with her own end-times secret.